Explore your creativity with individual stories on Instagram.

In this tutorial, learn how to create a short photo slideshow from scratch using Adobe Photoshop and video editing apps . . . . . .

Choosing a Theme

There are all kinds of applications for a quick slideshow, from presenting a new project to teasing an upcoming announcement to sharing pictures your trip to the beach.

If you’re sharing your life with your Instagram followers, then there is no better topic to cover then something personal. The beauty of getting personal is that it allows people into your life. So involve your followers in the major triumphs and celebrations of what makes you, you!

Recently I traveled back to my hometown in Long Island, New York, to welcome the birth of my little nephew, Max. So to personalize my story, I brought my followers along the journey from start to finish with a simple slideshow.

Quick Photo Slideshow for Instagram Stories


Just like flipping through the pages of an old journal or scrapbook, the next part of my theme will involve a slideshow in the form of a book.

This look can be achieved from scratch using your own materials or by downloading the appropriate editing app to your device. Consider the transformation that takes place when you put a little more effort into your Instagram and truly sell the moments behind your stories.

Quick Photo Slideshow for Instagram Stories

Shooting Your Images

Looking to create a slideshow-based Instagram Story? Here are a few things you need to know.

  • A book: I used an old yearbook that I later edited.
  • A digital camera: Your regular smartphone device will do, but for high quality photos I used my Samsung NX2000.
  • A tripod (optional): If you find yourself with shaky hands, consider carrying a small tripod when you travel. When in doubt, steady yourself against a sturdy surface for clear photos.
  • Slideshow apps: If you prefer an easier route, try a video-editing app instead.

What should you look for when you shoot images and how do you capture special moments?

It’s easy to get into the habit of over posting. That unbelievable urge to share the same moment, from the same angle, with the same composition can truly suck the life out of your images with the same old monotony. Even if each image looks great on it’s own, try to consider what the whole picture will look like in a series.

Don’t let your stories get muddled by over posting the same photos.

As you shoot pictures or video, consider how you need to look for those special moments that make you smile or deliver the mood you desire. Keep the camera handy so that those moments don’t pass you by, and you capture them to share with everyone.

Quick Photo Slideshow for Instagram Stories

If you’re photographing something as special as a birth (or wedding, retirement party, or other family event), remember to be as respectful as possible. Not only did I ask my sister certain questions about what she would like me to shoot, but I also made sure she was okay with me posting something so personal online.

Every great story has a beginning, middle, and end. Collect all your images and cycle through them on your hard drive or smartphone. Organize the photos in order, separating them into different piles that illustrate the beginning, middle, and end to your story.

Quick Photo Slideshow for Instagram Stories


Choose the images that best represent the feeling you want to create for each part of your story. Rename the files and add numbers so that they show up in sequential order.

The first part of my story begins with my travel back home to Long Island. I’ll illustrate this with shots of my luggage, as well as my journey by boat and bus.

The second part of my story is waiting for the little one to get here. It’s normal that you might forget to take certain shots, so take a moment to scan your environment or even jot down ideas when they occur to you. Here, I decided that photos of the waiting area at the hospital would suffice.

The third part of this journey is the build up to the final reveal of my sister’s beautiful baby boy. This will be showcased by presents from the gift shop, the baby’s tiny footprints, and finally, the pictures of little Max.

Quick Photo Slideshow for Instagram Stories

How to Create the Slideshow

Whether you prefer something a little hands on, or just a quick and easy slideshow, there are several options available to help make your stories stand out.

You can create your own slideshow in the form of a book by just using your Photoshop skills. First take a couple of photographs of a plain book against a solid white background. I chose to use my old yearbook since I didn’t have many books to choose from.

Quick Photo Slideshow for Instagram Stories



Open each photo into Photoshop and use the Selection and Magic Wand Tools to delete the background from the photo. Change the cover by creating a New Layer and using the Paint Bucket Tool (G) to fill in the cover and any marked pages with the appropriate solid colors. Layer each book image into one .psd file so that you can make sure they are aligned correctly.

You can also create a video slideshow by downloading the appropriate app. Choose an app like the following:

Add filters, stickers, music, and text to personalize your slideshow, then upload it to Instagram Stories. You may need to trim the video or upload the slideshow in several parts in order to get the full story, so keep this in mind when going for the easier route.

Editing the Story

Once you’ve prepared your book in Photoshop and it’s ready to use, insert the photos for your slideshow onto each page. Use the Free Transform Tool (Control-T) to position them into place.

For more drama, you’ll notice that I have a theme that transitions from black and white photos to color. This also adds to the reveal of the baby and I created these edits easily using simple Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop. Add text, emojis, or stickers to personalize the pages even further. For the cover of my slideshow, I decided to add a quick border and text to welcome baby Max into the world.

Quick Photo Slideshow for Instagram Stories


Just like before, save each slide in numerical order and transfer the new images to your device so that you’re able to access them easier by swiping down when creating your story.

And don’t forget, with Instagram Stories you always have the option of adding filters or decorating your slides with drawings and so much more. But for simplicity sake, I’ll keep my edits the way they are.

The Final Slideshow Story

Though it takes a little more work, creating your own slides gives you more control with what you’re posting to Instagram Stories. So celebrate the best parts of your life with a creative slideshow to let others know more about you!



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